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Same old, same old

These last few weeks have flown by in a blur. Every day is pretty much the same. Get up, work out, go to work #1, come home, go to work #2, go to bed. Rinse, repeat.

Last week there was a power outage which delayed going to work #1 but I can live with that. Other than that life has been fairly mundane.

Work #2 has a lot more quiet times which allows me to get some reading done. Most of what I have read has been alright. The one book that stands out is “A Woman is No Man” by Etaf Rum. Great book, I quite enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Our libraries are now open for curbside pickup by appointment only so my holds tend to pile up and then I have 10+ movies to watch in 6 days ūü§Ē Most have been blockbusters that were meh. But I did watch “The Grizzlies” and it got me all in my feelings.

The Grizzlies

This movie made me laugh and cry. Based on a true story that really opened my eyes to the plight of my neighbours way up North.

It has been announced that as of August 1st we go back to full pay. YIPPEE!! Since I have a second job, I am not eligible for workshare, a government top up for a little over half of the missing 25%. I have decided to continue to work my current shifts for both jobs. 5 days at the full time and 6 days at the part time for August and September. Towards the end of September I will reassess as I don’t have anything else going on and figure I should make money while I can.

Recently a one-bedroom plus den went on the market for a ridiculous sum and it got me thinking that I might want to move. While I don’t know that I want the responsibility of snow removal and lawn care, I feel like the building I am in is due for some major repairs. And those expenses I would like to avoid. Also it is very frustrating to not be able to do what you would like as the latest property management company is treating us like a big business instead of a small building. Everything seems to need approval and a form to be filled out.

I am weighing my options as I would like to not have to work until my death in order to pay for my lifestyle. The thing is with working from home I have forced my kids to spend time in their rooms. I do not think this is great for them. So having more space would be ideal. Especially since my kids don’t seem to be moving out any time soon.

I also have an elderly aunt who currently lives alone in a seniors building. Her memory is not the best and if the time should come that she needs care, she would live with me and I don’t have space for her in this apartment.

I have looked at the real estate sites and the prices are extreme. Even with a huge profit on my current place, I still will need a sizable mortgage to be able to buy another property. This has put a big pause in my thought process. I don’t want to have a mortgage for another 25 years. I think if I had a better paying job, a partner or one of my kids chipping in then I would be out house shopping but to do it on my own … seems a bit daunting right now.¬†My mother has reminded me that my old room is still available. LOL

I am going to let it marinate and run the numbers some more. There is a part of me that thinks wait until the new year as the folks who deferred their mortgages might be looking to unload their homes. There is another part of me that thinks I should stay where I am as it is very affordable and allows me to travel and eat out which bring me joy. Oh first world problems … how I love having them. ūüôā


Wkend recap – 9/21/15

I’m slowly getting back on track with the exercise but not quite there yet. Last week was 3 days. And that’s only because I accidentally got in some exercise on Saturday.

Let’s back track a bit. Saturday night found me downtown at a TIFF film. My BFF scored tickets to see “I Smile Back“. It was okay. I could have waited until it came out on video. We then walked 10 minutes looking for some place to eat before we gave up and went to meet her ex-coworker who was having a birthday party at a bar nearby. A 20+ minute walk away. See how I accidentally got in a workout?? Genius, I know. If only I could have planned it so well. lol

Anyhoo, we walked to the bar to socialize and it was a nice little get together. On a side note, the ex-coworker is very artistic and when I get a proper plan, I will look into hiring her to create a painting or two for me. I have a lot of bare walls and love real paintings as opposed to prints. I am also a big fan of supporting local talent, so fingers crossed she’s affordable.

I am on day 8 of my 12 day cleanse and I can’t wait for it to be over. Saturday night proved to be challenging to find some place that fit my strict dietary restrictions. We ended up at an Italian place, the name long forgotten, that was not so good. We sat at a table indoors by the window and there were little flies falling from the light above. We definitely had to change tables. I had grilled fish and veggies with mashed sweet potato. The sweet potato was not so good and the fish was meh. My BFF had the duck risotto and was not impressed. Now that I think about it maybe we should have taken the name so we can¬†remember not to go back. lol

Yesterday was a semi-lazy day with a quick trip to Costco to return some corn bought on Thursday that went bad far too quickly. I got my $4 back but then spent $60 … I was taking my mother to buy a few things or else I think I would have let the corn go.

What to do



I have 2 movies (Grown Ups 2 and Red 2) that are due today. ¬†Which really means by Monday morning. ¬†We are going to hang out at my Dad’s tomorrow afternoon.

I have a ton of chores to do. ¬†My beloved Princess has been sprinkling lemon juice all over my house like holy water in an attempt to ward off spiders. ¬†Someone needs to mop the floors. ¬†And it’s not me!!

The weather report tells me it’s going to rain all tomorrow so I should leave the house today and enjoy the weather. ¬†Plus getting out will mean that we are not sitting at home using up data.

Where to go / what to do that will not cost a fortune?  Time to google cheap/free things to do.

I supposed I should do my chores first.


A good start

I made a dent.

Smaller messIn the brown box is my mother’s mail that was given to me to sort. ¬†In the two boxes to the right of the brown box are full of candles. ¬†Hush I had a problem. ¬†Underneath the brown box is a box of pictures and under it is a box of unfinished yarn crafts. ¬†The white box to the left is full of CDs. ¬†It is one of two.

Here is the other.

Box of CDsThose are the ones I still have to rip.

Below are the ones I have ripped to my computer.

Ripped CDsMy plan is to rip them all to my computer and then sell or give away what’s left. ¬†These CDs have been sitting in those boxes since I moved 6.5 years ago. ¬†The task of ripping them seemed to be too time consuming. ¬†But the time is going to pass anyway so I might as well just do a little every day and then they will be done. ūüôā

Sadly when I look at them all I see are dollars spent. ūüė¶

While I was attacking the mess, my girls worked together and cleaned both their rooms.  I did not take pictures but I am impressed.

This is the pile of stuff to go to Goodwill.  I took the hard drives out of these old computers as it was easier than trying to delete them.

Stuff to goTomorrow I will be loading it all up and getting it out of here!!

It is freeing getting rid of stuff.  Now to settle in to watch Man of Steel after all my hard work.

Laziest weekend ever

I have not been outside all weekend.  From what I see on the news we were having a snowstorm.  It looked cold and I had a ton of movies from the library to watch.  We snuggled up most of the weekend on the couch in front of the TV.

Movies watched this weekend:

  1. Men in Black 3
  2. Repo Men
  3. G.I. Joe
  4. Red
  5. Fast Five
  6. What to expect when you’re expecting
  7. Fame
  8. Sherlock Holmes

I watched Repo Men by myself as it was unrated and I figured better be safe that sorry.

We only watched about 30 minutes of Fame as my children complained loudly that it was boring and dated.  It was the original Fame and one of my favourites when I was young.  Kids these days have no good taste!! LOL

It was not all TV watching though, I did do some chores. ¬†I spent the better part of today cleaning. ¬†I also managed to bake some rolls. ūüôā

It was a nice relaxing couple of days.

Living under a rock

Princess and I are huge Marvel Comic fans.  Sadly we missed The Wolverine on the big screen.  I have no good excuse, time just seemed to have gotten away from us.

Today we went to see Thor 2.  Princess has been nagging me for months; making sure I was aware that we were going.  We are not missing this one, she told me often.

Thor 2 (Source)

I am not a huge fan of going to the movie theatre.

I always buy movie passes from Costco.  This is the only way I can justify going to the cinema.  The passes are $25-ish  and include general admission for 2 along with 2 drinks and a medium popcorn.

As I was standing in line waiting for my turn at the cashier, I was shocked to see what it costs to go to the movies now-a-days. ¬†Yes I have become an old lady. ūüėČ

For adult general admission:
Regular 2D $11.25
Regular 3D $14.25
UltraAUX 3D $16.25
D-BOX 3D $22.25

Say what???

I swear I have been living under a rock.  I thought movies just came in 2D and 3D.

UltraAUX is a bigger screen, reserved rocker seating and better sound. ¬†D-BOX means your seat moves. ¬†I am not sure that’s worth an extra $11 to me. ¬†Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am not a fan of 3D. ¬†I don’t like the feeling of moving when I’m not or things flying at me. ¬†I can only imagine that coupled with a moving seat. ¬†Thanks, but no thanks.

In addition to the rising costs, I really missed being able to press pause while watching a movie. ¬†By the end of Thor 2 I was twitching in my seat. ¬†Then I had to wait for the extra scenes. ūüėČ

As usual, Princess and I enjoyed this movie.  We are now patiently waiting for April to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Fairly productive

Since I was out and about most of yesterday, today was dedicated to chores.

I can’t remember what I thought I would do but I can tell you what I got done.

  1. Organized my recipe binder
  2. De-clogged  my bathroom drains
  3. Baked buns
  4. Made dinner
  5. 4 loads of laundry
  6. Cut layers into my hair and Princess’ hair
  7. Watched New Year’s Eve

My recipe binder is a collection of printed recipes that I keep in page keepers.¬† But lately I have just been throwing the pages in the binder without putting them away.¬† Today I got out some dividers and placed the recipes in to some semblance of organized.¬† Organizing my recipes made me see some recipes that I thought I would like but have never made and the amount of repeat offenders I have.¬† I have several recipes for pizza dough, bread, and banana bread.¬† I really do love flour. ūüôā

I am getting caught up on my blog reading and came across this post on Declutterer about cutting your own hair.¬† Since I am in need of a trim I figured I’d try it out.¬† Having just shelled out $90 to take Diva to the hairdresser I was very willing to try doing it myself first.¬† It was very easy and so far I am very happy with the results.¬† Princess also needed a trim and decided to be brave and let me cut her hair.¬† I did not take off much but to hear my child I left her bald.¬† Unless you looked closely you can barely see the layers.¬† I have a little drama queen.

Princess and I started to watch Hanna but we were interrupted as my Mom needed a ride back from her mechanic.  So tomorrow we will resume the movie.


Food and chores

My girls saw a commercial for chicken,¬†BBQ¬†sauce and cheese rolled up in Pillsbury crescent rolls. ¬†I didn’t see the commercial but used it as inspiration for tonight’s dinner. ¬†I grilled some chicken breasts and made¬†home-made¬†buns and let my girls put together¬†their¬†sandwiches. ¬†Diva chopped up her chicken and mixed it with BBQ sauce, added cheese, put it in the bun and devoured it. ¬†Princess ate the bun plain, then the chicken … plain. o_O

I plan to spend tomorrow with flour and the oven again. ūüôā

Things to do tomorrow:

  1. Bake more bread
  2. Make chocolate chip cookies
  3. Cook salmon, rice & broccoli for supper
  4. Look into making pine tarts
  5. Make more cheese straws
  6. 4 loads of laundry
  7. Clean the bathrooms
  8. Vacuum
  9. Dust
  10. Watch “Where The Wild Things Are” and “Good Deeds”
  11. Read more of my latest book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
  12. Last but not least, work out

Next week is March break, so my girls will be home. ¬†I need to figure out some activities for them to do so they don’t spend all week in front of the TV or computer. ¬†Of course they both want to roam the streets. ¬†But I don’t think so. ¬†The only thing I can think of is to take all the books off the bookshelf so I can move it to its new location. ¬†Then put all the books back on the shelf. ¬†I think I will also leave them the joy of vacuuming and cleaning our home. ¬†In fact, they should probably take over cleaning the bathrooms and making chocolate chip cookies as well.

Good idea, no?